- bleed [ blid ] (past tense and past participle bled [ bled ] ) verb *▸ 1 when blood flows out▸ 2 when color spreads▸ 3 make someone pay money▸ 4 take liquid/gas from something▸ 5 take blood from someone1. ) intransitive to have blood flowing from your body, for example from a cut:I scraped my knee and it's bleeding.bleed from: He was bleeding from a wound in his shoulder.bleed heavily/profusely: The victim was dumped by a roadside, bleeding profusely.bleed to death (=die from losing blood): She would have bled to death if we hadn't found her.2. ) intransitive if the color in clothing, paper, etc. bleeds, it accidentally spreads3. ) transitive to make someone pay a lot of money, especially regularly over a long period of time:He'll try to bleed them for every penny he can get.bleed someone dry (=take all of someone's money): They were being bled dry by legal fees.4. ) transitive to remove liquid, gas, chemicals, etc. from a machine's system:He bled all the oil from the engine before starting work.5. ) transitive to take blood from someone's body as part of a medical treatment, especially in the past=> HEART
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.